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Weekend Planner: 21 Things To Do in Los Angeles

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LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a curated list of what’s happening in LA this weekend, including these 21 events. We'll be back on Monday to help you plan the week ahead.FRIDAY, NOV. 14

FILM: Cinefamily screens Fritz Lang’s Metropolis with Stones Throw recording artist Chrome Canyon creating “synth sounds that move between eras past and ages imagined— n aural palate that’s a whizz-bang accompaniment for Fritz Lang’s classic version of an alternate now.” 7:45 pm. Tickets: $15.

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ART+ZINE: The Various Creative art collective is throwing a Four zine launch party and art show at The Paper Agency in DTLA on Friday from 7-11 pm. The Portland-based art and photography zine celebrates the work of dozens of artists from around the world. Check out art, the print editions of Four while sipping on libations. Free.

FILM:The 17th annual Arpa International Film Festival takes over the Egyptian Theater this weekend, screening by artists who “bridge the cultural divide, unifying diverse people and cultures through the arts.” The festival features works from more than 15 countries. Films on the schedule include As it Used to Be. Sombras de Azul and I Believe in Unicorns. Film fest passes: $160, opening night screening of Catatonia / Tevanik is $45, otherwise regular screenings are $15.

THEATER Robert Wilson brings his stylized, new theatrical production of The Old Woman to CAP UCLA this weekend. Based on a story by Russian author Daniil Kharms, the avant-garde play stars Mikhail Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe in a “non-narrative surrealist plot centers on the woes of a struggling young writer.” The Old Woman runs Saturday and Sunday in Royce Hall at 8 pm. Tickets: $59-$149.

TYRONE POWER: The Hollywood Museum opens Tyrone Power: Man, Myth & Movie Idol, a retrospective of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in his centennial birthday year. The exhibition materials were collected with the help of Power’s friends and family and in collaboration with his son Tyrone Power Jr. The exhibition runs through Sunday, Jan. 11. Tickets: $15, $12 students/seniors, $5 children.

COMEDY: A Josh Fadem Show takes place on Friday night at 10:30 pm at UCB Theatre’s Sunset Boulevard space. The show features “comedy characters, comedy stand-ups, and spontaneous moments a plenty!” with Maria Bamford, Ryan Perez, James Adomian, Johnny Pemberton, Kate Berlant, house drums by Carlos Cruz and host Josh Fadem. Admission: $5.

CALENDAR RELEASE PARTY: La Luz de Jesus Gallery hosts a Calendar Release & Signing Party for Lucha VaVoom and burlesque stars The Poubelle Twins on Friday from 8-11 pm. The event is hosted by Blaine Capatch and also features a calendar themed costume photo booth (#WackoTwins), films from the archive, live music from 1920's deathrock outfit The Bar Kisses, The Howling Hobo DJ spinning live records, sparkling refreshments, and calendar signing Poubelle Twins! Calendars are $10.

SCIENCE + FILM: Film Independent and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have a number of public events for the triennial Sloan Film Summitthat takes place this weekend (Nov. 14-16) at L.A. Live. On Friday at 3 pm, there’s a Particle Fever screening, followed by Q&A with director Mark Levinson and producer David Kaplan. Later Friday night, there’s a screening of The Theory of Everything followed by a Q&A with the stars of the film, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, producer Lisa Bruce and Professor of Physics David Kaplan. On Sunday, there are short film screenings, sneak previews and staged readings of excerpts from four Sloan-winning screenplays: The Buried Life, Deep Sea Divers of 1929, The Dust and The Flight of the Wasp. Tickets for the public events are free and are available on a first come, first served basis.

ART: LA-based artist SFV Acid has interactive art at Origami Vinyl on view this week that “features technology from his personal collection of electronic music equipment to help raise awareness and funds for Young Producers Group, an organization that teaches students across Los Angeles about the art of production and electronic music through in-school and after school education programs.” On Friday from 6:30-9 pm, SFV Acid performs live at Origami Vinyl.


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ART: Giant Robot 2 (GR2) presents Return of Hot Pot Girls, an exhibition of new art work by Katsuya Terada. The show remains on view through Dec. 3, but the opening reception with the artist is on Saturday from 6:30-10 pm at GR2.

ART+FASHION: HVW8 Gallery and adidas® Release New Designs
by Kevin Lyons and Jean André at an LA launch party on Saturday night from 7-10 pm at HVW8. The release celebrates the mix of fashion, art and music with new artwork, live painting, a display of four new shoes from the two artists and a special music guest. The exhibition remains on view at HVW8 Gallery through Dec. 28. RSVP for the party,

DRAGON BALL ART: QPop, a gallery/store in Little Tokyo holds an opening night celebration for the Dragon Ball 30th Anniversary/Akira Toriyama Tribute Show on Saturday from 7-10 pm. The show features the tribute work of more than 60 artists paying homage to “a quintessential part of anime the world over with the series itself inspiring other manga creators, fans and culture for three decades.” The party takes place at Q2’s second location (319 E 2nd Street Suite 121).

ART: The Gabba Gallery presents Wishlist 2014, an exhibition of contemporary artwork at affordable prices. The cash and carry exhibition is ever-evolving and changing and features works from more than 55 artists, with a price cap of $1,000. Wishlist 2014 includes lots of contemporary and street artists, including Morley, Van Saro, Max Neutra, CANTSTOPGOODBOYand many more. The show opens on Saturday with a reception from 7-11 pm, and the opening for Wishlist 2014 Part 2 is on on Dec. 13, 7-11 pm.

ART: On Saturday afternoon from 2-5 pm, Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra holds a Big Hero 6 Panel featuring discussion by artists who worked on the film. The event also includes the film’s concept art, including sketches, storyboards, maquette sculpts, color scripts and more. Later on Saturday night, the gallery opens the art show show Roll the Dice by Mizna Wada & Naoshi with a reception from 7-10 pm. The two-person exhibition doubles as a life-­sized board game in the gallery. “Mizna's side of the board will take the players through a dark and eerie journey through the underworld while Naoshi's side guides players through the brighter world up above.”

MUSIC: On Saturday night #CulturaDura Los Angeles takes over Los Globos at 9 pm. The night features a new wave of music artists that are redefining Latin urban music and culture, mixing it up where hip-hop and EDM meet. On the bill: Venus X, Nguzunguzu, Kap G, Milkman, Chico Sonido, Andres (Soulection), Füete Billēte, Álvaro Díaz, Royal Highness and E.lebleu. The event is free with RSVP and is 21+.

FILM: New FilmmakersLA and NUVO TV team together to present a preview of NUVO Point of View: The Emerging Latino Filmmakers winter selections, followed by Q&A with the filmmakers moderated by USA Today film critic Claudia Puig. The pre-reception begins at 7 pm followed by a screening of short films, “How You Doin’ Boy?” by William D. Caballero; “Luna” by Antonio Perez; and “Mediation” by Francisco Lorite. At 9 pm, the feature Avenues by Aaref Rodriguez screens, followed by a Q&A and after party. Held at the AT&T Center in DTLA.

ART: The Wilding Cran Gallery presents the show Chris Cran: That’s An Excellent Question! from Nov. 15-Dec. 27. Canadian painter Chris Cran’s first solo show in Los Angeles features a “selection of oval and round paintings that each contain a face expressing enjoyment, surprise, curiosity, doubt, or disdain that looks beyond the periphery of the work itself.” The artist reception is from 6-9 pm on Saturday.


GAMING: Beginning on Sunday and running through Nov. 19,The Standard, Downtown LA presents Arcade Nights—with 20 Vintage Arcade Games (No Quarters Required) and unlimited ping pong. The gaming begins at 4 pm and runs to 1:30 am. The cover is $5. 21+

MUSIC: The Los Angeles Master Chorale presents an a cappella program of Renaissance choral music on Sunday at 7 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Chorale is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon with a program that William Byrd’s Sing Joyfully, Josquin des Prez’s Ave nobilissima creatura, John Taverner’s Western Wind Mass, Thomas Tallis’s If Ye Love Me and Orlando di Lasso’s O Crux Splendidior, among other works. Tickets range from $29-$129.

SHOPPING: There’s a ShopWalk event in DTLA’s Historic Core on Sunday with more than 16 local shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries offering shoppers special discounts and other surprises. There’s also a ShopWalk PopUp!, a showcase of area merchants that occupy upper-level office space at IndieDesk (Broadway between 8th & 9th Streets). Bring canned food items to donate at the Grand Central Market for $2 off; Alma serves up a special three-course dinner for ShopWalk and Ace Hotel will offer deals at L.A. Chapter and at the Upstairs Bar. Get a map and additional info on their website.

COMEDY: Andy Kindler is at Nerdmelt on Sunday night for his Particular show, and he’s bringing friends with him to the party, including John Mulaney, Chelsea Peretti, Ron Funches, James Adomian and J. Elvis Weinstein. 8 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door.


- Your Ultimate Guide to November Events

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